Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Solo Art Show - November 20-December 14


I'm so excited!  My first solo show opens tomorrow.  If you're local, please come out for the opening at NV Art Bar, 27 E. Pine St., Orlando, Florida.  I will also be there painting most Fridays and we will have a closing event on December 14th.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support. <3

Monday, October 13, 2014

Eternal Love


Eternal Love
14x14 inches
Watercolor on Paper
Private Collection

The love for your own child is something that's hard to explain.  You think you knew love before that precious baby is welcomed to the world but the lasting, unconditional, eternal love your feel for your child is something special.  This painting is of my youngest child and I.  He just turned four and at this moment in our lives, he is so funny.  He talks constantly, is wise beyond his years, has the most vivid imagination, and constantly reassures you about how much he loves you, with kisses and hugs to go with it.  He has complete conversations with his toys and will tell you stories the most accomplished storyteller would be envious of.  I love him dearly and had to paint this piece because it represents my relationship with him right now.  It think it may be my favorite painting to date.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tyler and Jeff Coming Home 8/14/14


Tyler and Jeff Coming Home 8/14/14
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
Commission

I love doing commissions like this one.  I'm enjoying doing portraits more and more these days, especially when they include a fish!  Haha.  My colleague, Margaret asked me to paint this portrait of her boys, Tyler and Jeff.  She plans to give this to Tyler and his wife for Christmas and will be making the image into notecards.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Geometric Flamboyan


Geometric Flamboyan
15x22 inches
Watercolor on Paper

I have an obsession with flamboyan trees, otherwise known as flamboyant trees.  They are all over the caribbean and they also grow in South Florida.  I've loved them as long as I can remember.  This is the second flamboyan tree that I've painted and I'll probably paint more.  With this piece I decided to incorporate my signature geometric style.  Can you spot the three suns?


Saturday, September 27, 2014

St Johns Retreat


St Johns Retreat
15x22 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Over the summer, my family and I went on an amazing vacation.  One of the stops was the island of St. John in the caribbean.  It was such a magical place.  When we docked in the port we were surrounded by so many boats.  I took many photos.  This painting was inspired by one of those photos.  I can't wait to make it back to the island again.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Matt's Mom


Matt's Mom
5x8 inches
Watercolor on Paper
Commission

My dear friend Matt, lost his mom years ago, when he was 8 years old.  She tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident.  He wrote this touching piece, which was recently published by Elephant Journal: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/09/the-rules-of-an-8-year-old-matt-gilhooly/

It's very well written.  I'm proud of him for writing it and sharing it with the world.  Amazing.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lavender


Lavender
15x22 inches
Watercolor on Paper

I have a few things going on in this piece.  I've been incorporating some of my favorite things and techniques into my most recent works.  The background on this piece uses the salt technique.  Once it dried and I saw how it turned out, I had to make some choices.  Hair color, tattoos, etc.  So I just decided to let my artistic license carry me through this piece...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Orange County Property Appraiser's Exhibit


It was a good week!  This morning started with a trip to the Orange County Property Appraiser's office for an art installation.  My husband helped me hang 15 pieces, which will be on display through November 20th.  If you're in Orlando, stop by their office and check out some art!  




Saturday, August 23, 2014

This Means War


This Means War
8x10 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

Release


Release
5x7 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Gigi


Gigi
Acrylic on Skateboard Deck

I painted this piece for an upcoming show called Boarded Up III.  It will include artwork by many local artists.  I've been feeling pretty fierce these days and wanted to paint something that represented my thoughts.  That and I really wanted to paint something edgy to represent my inner skater chick.  ;-)


As a bonus I've added a link to a little YouTube tutorial, which shows you how to paint and hang your own custom deck!



Monday, August 11, 2014

Warrior of Love


Warrior of Love
9x16 inches
Watercolor on Paper

This piece is my new favorite.  Lately I feel like I've been creatively stuck.  I've been painting but it's been awhile since I've been truly happy with my work.  It's been awhile since I've started something that I've been dying to come home to so I can pick up where I left off.  There is no doubt, this piece helped me find the momentum I needed.

With this piece, I had a photo that I found as inspiration but I knew I wanted to make modifications and change the overall feeling of the image.  I changed her outfit, the background, and added a halo/crown and an arrow.  As I kept going with this piece, I was inspired to add the metallic gold leaf to her bracelet and halo, giving it a very different, multimedia look and I'm pretty pleased with the result.  What do you guys think?  

Here's a link to the in-progress video, which includes music by a local musician, Reggie Williams.  Enjoy!



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Anna's Sunrise


Anna's Sunrise
11x14 inches
Watercolor on Paper

My sweet niece Annabelle had a birthday a couple weeks ago and when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she asked for a painting.  I did some prying.  I asked her about the colors in her room, what she liked, if she wanted me to paint one of her interests, etc.  And after a few minutes of pondering she said, "do you remember that day Tio Alex and I went to the beach to watch the sunrise?  That day meant so much to me.  Can you please paint me a picture of the sunrise from that day?" Her request made my heart melt.  That was such a font memory for her and I know those trips to the beach to watch the sun rise mean so much to my husband, Alex.  I proudly present to you a painting painted from the photograph they took that day. I hope she loves it!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lorena's Father/Daughter Portrait


Lorena's Father/Daughter Portrait
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
Commission

A few months ago I did a Cinco de Mayo event and met two nice ladies named Lorena and Carmen.  Lorena had a great idea!  She wanted to do a father/daughter portrait for her husband for Father's Day.  When she sent me the photo, I couldn't believe how cute her little girl is.  In the photo, she is looking at her father with so much love in her eyes.  I just love seeing how much young children love their parents.  It's such an innocent love.  I really enjoyed doing this piece!  

Here's the in-progress video of the painting.  Enjoy!




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Red Passion Flower


Red Passion Flower
15x22 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Wow, this piece really gave me a run for my money.  I struggled almost from the moment I put my brush to paper.  I just couldn't get the paint to blend the way I wanted to but I stuck with it and I'm actually quite pleased with the result, which goes to show, you can't give up on your art.  If you stick with it, you can correct almost anything.  Sometimes mistakes can turn into really amazing things!

Thanks to Mrs. Linda Beckham for the reference photo for this piece.  She is such a talented photographer and I'm thankful she shares her photos on Facebook because they are always an inspiration!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Magnolia


Magnolia
15x22 inches
Watercolor on Paper

A couple weeks ago, my family celebrated my youngest brother's 30th birthday by vacationing at a resort in Reunion, which is just south of Kissimmee, Florida.  The grounds were covered with huge magnolia trees.  I was instantly drawn to them.  I had to grab my camera and snap away.  They were simply stunning.  Those big trees are what inspired this piece.  I love the texture in this piece.  I wasn't going for a totally realistic look with this one and the variations and deep contrast make it work.  Do you agree?  Have a great week, everyone!

Here's the in-progress video of this piece.  Complete with music by my talented brother-in-law, Jose Torres (AKA Not Since Sarah.)  Enjoy!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Butterflies


Butterflies
15x22 inches
Watercolor on Paper

I love butterflies!  They are magical creatures - so beautiful and symbolic.  In my mind, they represent change and hope.  This isn't the first butterfly painting I've painted.  Mrs. Barb Wagner inspired this piece - another painting inspired by wonderful photography and the "perfect" shot.  Thanks again, Barb!

Here's a video that shows the painting in-progress.  Enjoy!




Monday, April 28, 2014

Red Spring


Red Spring
12x25 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Living in Florida, we rarely see tulips sprout form the ground in spring.  It's just too warm here.  We do, however, see them show up in the grocery store right around Easter.  

I love tulips, so when I saw a beautiful photo of tulips pop up in my newsfeed on Facebook, it caught my eye.  My mom's friend, Barb is a wonderful photographer.  She posts photos every day.  They are all so beautiful!  Needless to say, I was thrilled when she allowed me to paint her photo.  It took me weeks of drawing, redrawing, and painting to finally complete, but I'm quite pleased with the result.  What do you think?



Looking Up


Looking Up
22x30
Watercolor on Paper

There are fewer things I enjoy more than starting up at palm trees by the beach or pool, especially when they are filled with beautiful coconuts!  I painting this painting or my living room.  I had a space above the sofa that was in need of a new painting and felt inspired by palm gazing.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Beautiful Destruction


Beautiful Destruction
12x16 inches
Watercolor on Paper

I've been trying to incorporate more of an abstract style into my art, merging abstract with realism.  I used surgical gauze and plastic wrap on this piece to create the abstract background - it was a bit of an experiment but I real like the organic patterns that were created with this technique.  What do you think?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The 2014 Uptown Art Expo


What a fantastic weekend!  This weekend was the Uptown Art Expo at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  I was fortunate enough to win the poster contest for the art festival, which came with a cash prize and a free booth spot.  The photo above is of me and Jim Barton, the festival organizer, next to the banner on the stage with my artwork on it.  It was an amazing experience!  



The excitement started on Friday, when I did an interview on Fox 35 News to promote the festival.  On Saturday morning we set up and had an amazing start but by 2pm, bad weather moved in.  Tornado warnings and bad thunder storms were in the area so we had to quickly tare down and pack up for the rest of the day.  But Sunday...Sunday was amazing!  The weather was perfect - clear skies, perfect temps, and lots of friends, family, and art lovers filled the street. 

I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful support system.  My husband helped me with everything - setting up, packing up, and manning the booth.  My parents drove up to watch our boys.  And so many amazing friends came out to support me.  I am humbled by how supportive everyone was.  I signed posters and made some great sales.  GOD IS GOOD!  










Thursday, March 27, 2014

Florida Strawberries


Florida Strawberries
9x12 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Here are two more paintings - one watercolor and one acrylic of the same subject matter...this time - STRAWBERRIES!  They are my favorite fruit and have been as long as I can remember.  Which one do you prefer, the acrylic or watercolor?


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Take On Me


Take On Me
12x16 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Take On Me is the winning name from my title contest!  Thanks so much for participating everyone!  

Florida Oranges Watercolor


Florida Oranges Watercolor
9x12 inches
Watercolor on Paper

After taking a stab at those oranges in acrylic, I wanted to see what the same painting would like like painted in watercolor.  What do you think?  Which medium do you prefer?


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Florida Oranges Acrylic


Florida Oranges Acrylic
5x7 inches
Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas


A few days ago, I went to my friend Matt's house to celebrate his birthday and he sent me home with a box of canvases.  I am so thankful!  I don't have much experience painting with acrylic paints so this painting was a new adventure for me.  I kept using way too much water, saving my whites, etc.  I'm quite pleased with the way this painting turned out, considering my lack of experience but I have lots of learning to do!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Painting Title Contest


I'm having a title contest for this painting of my youngest son.  I hope you'll participate.  Feel free to join the poll and my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/heathertorresart

Monday, February 10, 2014

Grand Turk Conch


Grand Turk Conch
12x16 inches
Watercolor on Paper
Click Here to Buy

A few months ago, my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary by taking a cruise to the eastern Caribbean.  We had so much fun.  Our last stop of the cruise was on the island of Grand Turk of the Turks and Caicos.  The sand was white, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and we spent the day lounging on the beach.  Right after we got there, we walked the beach and found two young boys bringing in conch shells from the ocean.  They couldn't have been older than 7 or 8 years old.  They were selling them to tourists.  As a Floridian, I didn't have a need for shells but they proudly let me take a photo of their finds.  The photo of these three shells was one of my favorite photos from our trip.  Now I have a painting to match!

Friday, January 31, 2014

At First Sight



At First Sight
Watercolor on Paper
12x12 inches

I couldn't paint one of my boys without painting the other!  This is my sweet, youngest boy.  I took a photo of him with a baby chicken at a farm that we went to for his third birthday.  I've been wanting to paint this piece for awhile.  I love the photo!  That poor baby chick.  He was holding on to it tightly because he didn't want it to squirm out of his little hands.  He just loved it!  What a great memory.  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Humor Me


Humor Me
6x9 inches
Watercolor on Paper

This portrait is of my five year old son, who is quite convincing when he tells you he doesn't want to take a photo!  Again, working on developing my portrait skills.  I think I'm getting better!  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Indiffrent

Indifferent
6x9 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Finally a self-portrait that I like!  I've really been working on my portrait skills the past couple weeks and this is the first one that I think actually looks like me.  A friend told me that I look too serious and that it doesn't match my personality but I was going for serious so mission accomplished, I guess!  I'm already laying down pencil for the next portrait.  Could 2014 be the year of the portrait?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Unfinished Business




Unfinished Business
5x7 inches
Watercolor on Paper

So this is the first self-portrait that I've done that I'm pretty pleased with.  There are some issues with it.  The right side of my face is looking pretty old...which wasn't intended but I kind of like it.  What I love most about this piece is you can really see my growth since Carol's workshop.  Take a look at the painting that I did of the same photo on the left (below.)  I did it a day before I left for the workshop and granted, it was much looser and a faster attempt but there is no question that I've grown since learning the new techniques that Carol taught me.  I can't wait to do the next....




Sunday, January 19, 2014

Carol Carter Workshop




I had a wonderful weekend!  I participated in a workshop with one of my favorite watercolor artists, Carol Carter.  We are pictured together above with my new Carol Carter alligator painting.  Carol has a unique style of painting.  She truly embraces the distinct properties of the watercolor medium. Seeing her work and learning her style of painting was both educational and inspiring.  





Carol shared hundreds of examples of her artwork with us.  The workshop took place in an old warehouse that was turned into an amazing studio.  Carrie Jadus and Mark Aeling are two of the skilled artists that work at Soft Water Studios, the St. Petersburg, Florida studio that hosted Carol's workshop.  We were able to work among forty paintings that were on display for Carol's current show, "Postcards From the Edge of Florida."  ...Talk about inspiration!


Carol had us complete two different demos - one with cantaloupe and pears; the other with beautiful bell shaped flowers.  We all learned the importance of using strong value, intense color, and LOTS of water.  


I stayed with my aunt and uncle that live in nearby, Brandon.  On Saturday night, they took me to Anna Maria Island to see a sidewalk art festival.  A few shots from the event are below.  Overall, it was a great weekend, full of art, learning, and new friends.  I want to thank Carol for being such a wonderful teacher.  She didn't hold back in any way and I feel like I learned so much.  She was patient and one of the best teachers I've ever had.  I definitely recommend that you take one of her workshops if you are ever given the opportunity.







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